No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000

Edited by William Minter,
Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr.
Published by Africa World Press.

No Easy Victories

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"We were part of a worldwide movement that continues today to redress the economic and social injustices that kill body, mind, and spirit. No Easy Victories makes clear that our lives and fortunes around the globe are indeed linked." - Nelson Mandela

Hundreds of thousands of Americans mobilized to oppose apartheid in the 1980s. That successful movement built on decades of behind-the-scenes links between African liberation movements and American activists, both black and white. No Easy Victories draws on the voices of activists of several generations to explore this largely untold history. Today Africa and the world face global injustices as deadly as apartheid. Understanding this history of solidarity is essential for finding new paths to a future of equal human rights for all.

Summary Table of Contents
Front matter, including activist voices
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
Chapter 1: An Unfinished Journey | William Minter
Chapter 2: The 1950s | Lisa Brock
Chapter 3: The 1960s | Mimi Edmunds
Chapter 4: The 1970s | Joseph F. Jordan
Chapter 5: The 1980s | David Goodman
Chapter 6: The 1990s | Walter Turner
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Publication Details

William Minter, Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr, eds. No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2007. 8.5" x 11" large format. 120 photographs. References. Index. xvii+247 pages. $29.95 list price. ISBN: 1592215750.

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Editors

William Minter taught at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front in 1966-68 and 1974-76. An independent scholar and activist, he is the author of Apartheidís Contras and other books.

Gail Hovey was among the founders of Southern Africa magazine in 1964 and worked in South Africa in 1966-67. She served as research director for the American Committee on Africa/The Africa Fund, as managing editor of Christianity and Crisis, and as executive director of Grassroots International.

Charles Cobb Jr., senior correspondent for allAfrica.com, was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi in 1962-67. His books include Radical Equations (with Robert Moses) and On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour to the Civil Rights Trail.